St. Louis Events // Week of March 20, 2023

With options to participate in-person or virtually, don’t miss out on the chance to expand your skills, knowledge, and connections in the St. Louis region. From accelerator and funding options to various startup, tech, and marketing events, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a rundown from our Founder, Erik Lutenegger of Events & Opportunities in St. Louis this week, coming up the week of March 20-24, 2023!

Accelerator, ESO, and Funding Opportunities

Are you looking for Accelerators, Incubators, or Funding? Here’s an excellent place to start!

Apply Now // Free WordPress Speed Optimizations from SwingSpan
Tenacity has officially launched SwingSpan, a Digital Divide program that provides free WordPress Speed Optimizations for Non-profits. So if you are part of a non-profit or know someone who is, and they use WordPress for their website, apply at (Free Help)

Open Now // TechWeek St. Louis Sign-ups | TechSTL
Techweek St. Louis is just around the corner, and if you want to be part of the action? There are three ways to get involved Partner or Sponsor, apply to Speak or Host, or Join the Planning Committee.
Sponsorship Kit
Apply to Speak
(Community Opportunity)

Open Now // STL Startup Week
Planning for St. Louis Startup Week has begun, and we are looking for people to join the organizing committee. You can apply to be part of the committee right now. Applications are due on the 20th, but positions will remain open until filled. (Community Opportunity)

Due March 20 // Washington University Innovation & Entrepreneurship Award Nominations
These awards recognize outstanding achievements and contributions. Nominations are open to students, faculty, staff, and community members. They can be made in four categories: Excellence in Innovation – Student, Excellence in Entrepreneurship – Venture, Outstanding Mentorship – Faculty or Staff, and Outstanding Mentorship – Community. (Community Awards)

Due March 24 // Inc. 5000 (Early Rate)
This is a yearly list of the fastest-growing private companies in the US based on their revenue growth over a three-year period. This prestigious recognition compiled by Inc. Magazine of entrepreneurial success has helped to launch many companies into the national spotlight. (National Awards)

Due March 31 // 2023 Arch Grants Startup Competition
It’s that time of year again, and Arch Grants is now a $75,000 non-dilutive grant with tons of resources, and all you have to do is get selected and agree to headquarter your business in St. Louis for at least one year. They also provide $25k in moving expenses if you are moving here. (Pitch Competition)

Startup, Tech, and Marketing Events

Events on March 20

March 20-23 // NVIDIA GTC 2023 AI Conference | NVIDIA
This Metaverse and AI developer conference brings together corporate leaders, IT decision-makers, researchers, and innovators to discuss using AI, accelerated computing, and data science to change the world. (Virtual)

Email Marketing 101 – How to Create High-Converting Workflows | Founder Institute
At this webinar, Bethany Stachenfeld, Co-Founder and CEO of Sendspark, provides practical tips on setting up effective email workflows for startups to generate leads and convert them into customers. The session will cover email subscriber segmentation, the benefits of email marketing automation, and strategies for driving email campaign conversion. (Virtual)

Events on March 21

March 21-22 // Adobe Summit | Adobe
This free virtual conference offers inspiring keynotes, sneak peeks, and innovation super sessions, enabling attendees to learn, get inspired, and build connections to thrive in the digital economy and keep up with the latest industry trends while hearing from top companies and understanding the Adobe vision. (Virtual)

The AI and data science clinic: A free workshop for decision makers | The Tesseract Academy
This free workshop is for non-technical decision-makers interested in data science and AI seeking actionable insights instead of buzzwords and jargon. The workshop aims to help attendees understand how to adopt AI and answer their data-related questions. (Virtual)

Filament Grand Opening
This is a day of programming, networking, and happy hour celebrations at their new location in the Cortex Innovation Community. The day will include open coworking, two Filament Skills Sessions on Experimentation and Features & Bugs, a happy hour with food, prizes, and caricatures, and a Rapid Fire Brainstorming session on local nonprofit challenges. (In-Person)

Communicating Your Business: Creating a Pitch Deck that Gets Results | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
Learn how to create a compelling pitch deck for your business in this session with veteran marketer Ira Gostin. Discover the key components of a strong story, how to present your pitch, and how to align your story with investor goals. (Virtual)

DE{CODE} Conference | WP Engine
A free virtual conference aimed at helping developers build better WordPress sites by sharing the latest trends and techniques across all development stages, maximizing conversions, improving site performance, and modernizing experiences using headless technologies. “The biggest WordPress developer event of the year!” (Virtual)

Marketing Ops: The Oxygen You Need for Scalable, Sustainable Growth | MarketingProfs
Here you’ll learn five key responsibilities of today’s marketing ops function, four primary benefits of effective marketing ops, and the Circle of Traction framework and Marketing Ops’ place in that framework. (Virtual)

Creating Your Brand Experience | Missouri SBDC
With all the possibilities of creating content and marketing, correctly defining your brand is more important than ever. At this webinar, they’ll explore how to develop and implement a brand your customers will talk about. (Virtual)

5 Digital Engagement Trends for 2023 | ON24 & American Marketing Association
Here you’ll learn new digital experiences to try, How to deliver new content formats across the funnel, The next phase of live, on-demand, and hybrid events, and opportunities to improve personalization and sales conversion. (Virtual)

Lunch & Learn: Grow Your Business Webinar | Skandalaris Center
At this webinar, Mel Lambert, Program Director of the BALSA Foundation, will discuss how you can grow your business using free resources readily available and additional funding opportunities as an entrepreneur in the St. Louis area. (Virtual)

Business Financial Literacy | SCORE
In this 90-minute session, you will get exposure to financial statements, & a hands-on illustration of the impact of raising prices, reducing costs & increasing sales volume. (Virtual)

SLU eMentors Networking | Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship
At this event, you can connect with local entrepreneurs and SLU students at this event for a night of networking, table topics, and entrepreneurship. (In-Person)

Events on March 22

1 Million Cups St. Louis | Presenters: My Uncle Satoshi and Stamp & Chase
This event is for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the innovation community here in St. Louis. The presenters are My Uncle Satoshi and Stamp & Chase. (In-Person)

What Will Be The Next Big Thing In Artificial Intelligence? | Finimize
Christopher Gannatti from WisdomTree will discuss the AI investing landscape, how to invest in AI beyond ChatGPT, and three trends investors should know in an upcoming event. (Virtual)

Leveraging AI for Retail Growth | Apply Digital
This event features Scott Michaels and Dan Berger, experts in digital product management and tech leadership; they will discuss how to strategically get started on your AI journey, discover the applications of AI within a MACH ecosystem, and walk away with practical ideas to improve your business’s efficiency, customer experience, employee satisfaction, and ROI. (Virtual)

Events on March 23

SBA’s 8(a) Business Program | Heartland Black Chamber
The SBA’s 8(a) Business Program helps socially and economically disadvantaged small business owners expand their footprint in the federal government marketplace. (In-Person)

The Fundamentals of Effective Business Networking | Enterprise University
Here you’ll learn how to effectively navigate a networking meeting, gain insight on leveraging your network to ultimately bring in business, and discover practical strategies to build and maintain a strong professional network. (Virtual)

Venture Cafe St. Louis | Corporate & Community Partnerships
Join them for a night of seminal sessions that tether diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging through corporate connections and industry innovation. (In-Person)

In The Beginning: How to Validate Your Idea | STL Black in Tech
You have an idea. Everybody does, but how do you know your idea is legit? At this event, entrepreneurs will share their experiences and strategies and show you how to validate their business ideas before turning them into something more. Everyone is welcome. (In-Person)

Events on March 24

Bourbon Friday | TechArtista Downtown
It’s Friday, and it’s not Friday without Bourbon Friday. And you can join us at Techartista Downtown for our weekly social gathering celebrating the St. Louis startup scene. Stop by for 3 minutes or 3 hours for more great drinks and better conversations. Don’t forget to help us select our Featured Bourbon of the Week by following us on Instagram! (In-Person)

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